extended play

by Ryan Snyder

The last chance workout happens at Ziggy’s tonight with Sam Robinson & the Groove Elaters, rasta-punks Doco and an album release by hip-hop duo Ignite & Imagery, while Walrus do their thing at the Blind Tiger, and Play Dirty and Slawterhaus 5 bring alt-rock to the Garage.

There’s no better way to snap out of the tryptophan-induced coma in time to see Miss Eaves & the Thanksgiving Groove Machine at Ziggy’s on Thursday, or take in some old school jazz and lounge by the Likewise Jazz Trio at Club Orion. The Pikeys, Mad Loco Motives and the Fritzklenners give a rude awakening to the Somewhere Else Tavern, while Phillip Roebuck, Transylvania Transport Co. and Filthy Still are the gravy on the turkey at the Garage.

Possum Jenkins and Josh Roberts & the Hinges deal on Black Friday at Ziggy’s, and Movement frontman Jordan Miller goes solo at Greene Street Club with My Brother Skyler (formerly Hypnotic Conquest). Cravin’ Melon sweetens the tea at the Blind Tiger with Out to Lunch, and Rocky Mount emcee Diablo Archer hooks up with Don DiGiorgio, Illpo and Christ Addams at the Clubhouse. At the Green Bean, country chanteuses Lauren Boswell and Brook McBride bring a few songs for the weary.

On Saturday, the eye of the hurricane blows into Ziggy’s with a performance by the brilliant Asheville songwriter David Wilcox. A rare show by brooding indie rockers Sift comes together for the second Thanksgiving weekend in a row at the Green Bean, where they’ll share members with Greensboro power pop group TV Yellow and Ann Arbor hellraisers the Alejandra O’Leary Band. Doco provide the party at Foothills Brewing, while Big Something bring the heady groove to the Blind Tiger. Southern rockers 44 Love bring a three-guitar attack to the Garage with Porchdog Revival and quiet folk singer Stephen Simmons.

Bud McKenzie brings the yuk-rap-step to Club Orion on Sunday, while Close Your Eyes ponder how much their life sucks with Lower Than Atlantis, S3x, a Light Divided and Fallen Uprising at Greene Street Club. At Ziggy’s, there’s a movie and music with a screening of skater flick Chicken Bone Nowison with sets by Sinners for Saints, Ignite and Imagery, Phillie Phresh and Ed E. Ruger. On Tuesday, the Garage’s American Music Showcase wraps up its season with the stunning Blue Ridge roots and bluegrass outfit the Steel Wheels.